When the 110th Chicago Auto Show opens Feb. 10, enthusiasts will flock to McCormick Place to kick the tires, drool over the latest models and picture themselves behind the wheel of a new car.
With the rise of driverless cars and ride-sharing threatening to turn everyone into a passenger, the traditional auto show may someday seem as antiquated as a horse and buggy convention.
But David Sloan, general manager of the Chicago Auto Show, doesn’t believe that day is imminent.
“We’re in a healthy spot right now,” Sloan said. “The question is how we will adapt to the coming changes.”
A decade removed from a recession that nearly sank the American auto industry, annual...